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by Mark Brunner

 

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Now You Can Blog from Everywhere!

We’ve made it quick and convenient for you to manage your blog from anywhere. In this blog post we’ll share the ways you can post to your Wix Blog. Blogging from Your Wix Blog Dashboard On the dashboard, you have everything you need to manage your blog in one place. You can create new posts, set categories and more. To head to your Dashboard, open the Wix Editor and click on Blog > Posts. Blogging from Your Published Site Did you know that you can blog right from your published website? After you publish your site, go to your website’s URL and login with your Wix account. There you can write and edit posts, manage comments, pin posts and more! Just click on the 3 dot icon ( ⠇) to see all the

Design a Stunning Blog

When it comes to design, the Wix blog has everything you need to create beautiful posts that will grab your reader's attention. Check out our essential design features. Choose from 8 stunning layouts Your Wix Blog comes with 8 beautiful layouts. From your blog's settings, choose the layout that’s right for you. For example, a tiled layout is popular for helping visitors discover more posts that interest them. Or, choose a classic single column layout that lets readers scroll down and see your post topics one by one. Every layout comes with the latest social features built in. Readers can easily share posts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter and view how many people have liked a pos

Grow Your Blog Community

With Wix Blog, you’re not only sharing your voice with the world, you can also grow an active online community. That’s why the Wix blog comes with a built-in members area - so that readers can easily sign easily up to become members of your blog. What can members do? Members can follow each other, write and reply to comments and receive blog notifications. Each member gets their own personal profile page that they can customize. Tip: You can make any member of your blog a writer so they can write posts for your blog. Adding multiple writers is a great way to grow your content and keep it fresh and diversified. Here’s how to do it: Head to your Member’s Page Search for the member you want to

Shadows?

May I ask you a question? Do you remember all the times in your life when God took care of you? That is probably impossible since, of course, isn’t every day of your life just one more page in that scrapbook of memory when God preserved you? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. What a blessed thing it is to have remembrances. Imagine what life would be like if once a deed was done or an image was beheld it was forgotten forever. Life certainly would be a terrible toil if joy was reserved but for the moment, never to be savored and tasted again in sweet memory. Memory is one of God’s richest blessings to us. Like a bank account, when joy is short we are ab

Bridges?

May I ask you a question? Life can be a real ride. Something happens and we peer down the road at what we expect are the natural results of that happening to be. Yet, we strain to see what we expect to see; and, usually, we expect the worse. Is it just due to human nature? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. I A little girl was taking a long journey, and in the course of the day her train crossed a number of rivers. The water seen in advance always awakened doubts and fears in the child. She did not understand how it could safely be crossed. As they drew near the river, however, a bridge appeared and furnished the way over. Several times the same thing h

Trusting?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is trusting God while doing something constructive yet imperfectly, knowing that He will “pick up the slack” caused by our human imperfection, allowing us joy and peace in the midst of every storm. My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. I have an old umbrella that’s lays on the passenger seat of my car, just within reach should a sudden, morning shower pop up and I’ve had to park some distance from my downtown office. Usually I try to run the gauntlet and risk getting wet. Sometimes, when the rain is too hard and the distance to great, that old umbrella really comes in handy. The funny thing about it, though, is this. Ev

Meek and Mild?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Should Christians ever think of themselves as doormats--meek and timid souls who are dependent upon everyone else for their well-being? The Bible does not call us to be timid; it calls us to be meek? Is that the same thing? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. “The meek shall inherit the earth!” If that is so, then what place has boldness in our lives? Doesn’t the Bible teach that those who are humble, full of mercy and ready to submit to the will of others will someday be rewarded with a heavenly crown? If that is so, what truly is the point to putting up a struggle? It would be far better if each of us put away the s

Mists?

May I ask you a question? Looking back on the way you’ve come in the past, do you quickly notice hindsight is difficult, since the path you started out straightly on yesterday began to wind, climb, and fall as soon as you started down the road? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner. I started my morning walks over thirty years ago. As it's very quiet in the valley prior to the dawn, it's a great time God has provided, the perfect time for prayer and contemplation. I’ve walked in any weather, excepting steady rain or temperatures below -20 degrees. Nonetheless, I’ve been faced with a number of instances when something quite unexpected occurred, dense fog. I

Humbled?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Would God let you and I be saddled with arrogance? Is this one piece of luggage God hates? Does God doesn’t so dislike it or disapprove of it that He’s unfavorably disposed toward it? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My son Dan and I like to backpack and one of the joys of packing is doing it with one of our dogs. Jubee, our lab, and Annie, our rescue dog, have gone with us from time to time. Recently we purchased backpacks for the dogs–a 25-pound “Pooch” pack and a 10-pound one. We took Annie on a trip not long ago and when we got out the “Pooch” packs and debated for a moment if I should try the 25-pound pack on

Sermon walking?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Why does it take an effort to seek-out the needs that exist all around us before we fall back on charity? Is it far easier to drop a check into a plate. Yet, if we stopped for a moment every time we made out a charitable check and allowed it to speak to us about true charity, would it be far more honest? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. When I put that offering envelope into the collection plate each Sunday, it often leaves me with a sense of regret. That envelope was an opportunity prior to it dropping into the plate. I guess what’s always bothered me is this. Has the extent to my giving become nothing more than a

Gentleness?

My friend, may I ask you a question? If gentleness is one of the marks of how our God often deals with us, might we sometimes be surprised at the ways His gentleness is revealed, if only we had the eyes to see, and hearts to hear? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Our big dog, Jubee, got run over by our littlest dog, Frodo. He came barreling at her, bent on taking the doggie toy away that she was firmly holding in her mouth. He climbed up on her back and jumped on her head. He leaned forward and grabbed the toy and tugged it away. As if she was hardly there, he finished climbing over her head and proceeded to bang the toy on the rug, all the while pu

Hiding from God?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Often when we run from God, do we feel it’s to escape his punishment? But are we actually eluding His rescue? God doesn’t punish those He loves. Even if He decides to teach us a lesson by our mistakes, does He do it to save us and not to hurt us? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. We have a Chocolate Lab named Jubbie. She is one of the gentlest dogs that I have ever known. If you look at her cross- eyed, she is liable to drop her head and look for the nearest corner in hopes that whatever she did it wouldn’t be serious enough for us to come looking for her. Recently, she and the other dogs were horsing around in th

Divine navigation?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you ever fear something so intently, so sincerely, that it literally became a reality despite the fact that you never actually experienced the actual pain or suffering connected with it? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Did you ever fear something so intently, so sincerely, that it literally became a reality despite the fact that you never actually experienced the actual pain or suffering connected with it? Let me give you an example. I was convinced that the game of golf wasn't for me. First, there was a lack of time. That seemed real enough. Then there was the lack of funds. That was very real. But, when al

Direction?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When you reach that fork in the road in life and don’t know which way to go, what will you do? Ask a dead religion to give you a direction, or a living Savior? Is there any merit at all in having a faith in a God who is not alive, who isn’t with you moment by moment and can’t personally tell you which way to go? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Like most men I don’t like asking for directions. When I get turned around driving, I like to rely first on my wits and on my ability to figure things out for myself. Nonetheless, there are times when, exhausting my store of grit and wisdom, I am simply forced to stop and ut

Same family?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When Jesus rose from the dead that Easter morn, did he bring with Him a new concept of brotherhood that had never been expressed so keenly as it was now? Had the disciples graduated from friends and followers to brothers, and with that, had all things changed? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. What does it mean to have a brother? There is something special about a brother that sets them apart from all other people in the world. We strike many bonds in life, even those that bind us to a spouse, but the bond of brotherhood brings a type of strength and courage unsurpassed by any other bond in life. There is an old Jap

Rookie fear?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When the women came to Jesus’ tomb early that Easter morn, was their expectation that they would see the man that they had loved. Were they expecting to view his body, the hands and arms that had reached out to them; the face that had smiled upon them, always forgiving, always encouraging? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Many years ago I worked at a summer camp as a dishwasher. My best friend, Marc, also worked with me and we were inseparable from June through August. At lunchtime, Marc and I would often play table tennis in one of the camp garages. Marc was an expert player and became a different person when on t

He's alive!

My friend, may I ask you a question? If Jesus is alive and well, are all bets are off? Does that mean what had been is no longer; what we knew is no more? Is He is perfectly transformed and now stands on the other side of life’s sorrows transformed, holding out the promise that as He has overcome death.? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Many years ago I worked at a summer camp as a dishwasher. My best friend, Marc, also worked with me and we were inseparable from June through August. At lunchtime, Marc and I would often play table tennis in one of the camp garages. Marc was an expert player and became a different person when on the other side of that

Finished?

My friend, may I ask you a question? How thankful should we be that God isn't like Michelangelo, compelled to move on from one, unfinished creation to another? "It is finished!" Could Jesus utter these comforting words from the cross because, unlike us, or the sculptor, there wasn't a detail missed or any part of the job that he could be tempted to skip over or abandon? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. "It is finished!" What a comfort it is to know that something is finished, really finished. I'm notorious for not finishing things, so the words have particular meaning for me. The kitchen addition that I began nearly ten years ago still lacks mopboards

Lifeboat?

My friend, may I ask you a question? To lay down one's life for another is the supreme sacrifice yet there have been many times during wars or disasters when that sacrifice has been made. It's a sacrifice that's almost impossible to comprehend and we may have asked ourselves when reading of such heroism, "could I do that?" My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. You and I both know that it's easy to dodge our responsibilities. All you need to do is ignore them, overlook them or pass them off on someone else. The problem is, we can never dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. They're like that indelible ink that gets on your hand. Scrub as yo

Our sins?

My friend, may I ask you a question? If you lose a job and don’t know where the next one can be found, that somewhat isolated feeling you go through becomes your own “unique” suffering. For whatever reason, when things go bad we seem more drawn to ourselves. Isn’t it’s at times like this that we feel like the “only” one that feels the way we do? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. Have you ever felt that you were the only “one”! If you lose a job and don’t know where the next one can be found, you know what I mean; that somewhat isolated feeling as you go through your own “unique” suffering. For whatever reason, when things go bad we seem more drawn to o

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